Press Releases

03.08.19

Peters, Cassidy, Boozman Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Make Higher Education More Accessible & Affordable

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and John Boozman (R-AR) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to expand opportunities for high school students to obtain college credit in an effort to make higher education more accessible and affordable. The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA) would help improve high school and college graduation rates by expanding the use of existing grants to institutions of higher education to expand their dual and … Continue Reading


03.08.19

VIDEO: Peters Shares Story of Michigan Servicemember’s Unlivable Housing Conditions, Presses Military Leaders to Take Action

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, questioned the Service Secretaries and Service Chiefs from all branches of the U.S. military at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing regarding the poor living conditions servicemembers and their families have reported across the country in privatized housing on military bases. Peters shared the story of Army Specialist and Coldwater native Rachael Kilpatrick and her husband Calvin, a Kalamazoo… Continue Reading


03.07.19

Peters, Moran Reintroduce Bipartisan Resolution Opposing Privatization of the United States Postal Service

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Jerry Moran (R-KS) today led 23 of their Senate colleagues to reintroduce a bipartisan resolution opposing privatization of the United States Postal Service (USPS). The resolution notes that the USPS is a self-sustaining establishment and that potential privatization would result in higher prices and reduced services for USPS customers, especially in rural communitie… Continue Reading


03.06.19

Peters, Colleagues Request Documents Related to Interagency Review of EPA PFAS Action Plan, Groundwater Cleanup Guidelines

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, joined a group of his colleagues to request all documents and communications related to the federal government's interagency review of EPA's February 2019 "PFAS Action Plan" and EPA's long-awaited groundwater cleanup guidelines for toxic PFAS chemicals. Peters sent letters to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Healt… Continue Reading


03.06.19

Peters, Stabenow Introduce Legislation to Reinstate Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today introduced legislation to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's 2017 decision to repeal net neutrality rules. The Save The Internet Act ensures that all Americans have access to a free and open internet. Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives. "Access to an open internet is crucial for entrepreneurs, small business-owners, students and families across Michigan," said Sen… Continue Reading


03.06.19

VIDEO: Peters Remarks on Cutting Wasteful Government Spending at High Risk List Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, helped lead a hearing on the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) 2019 High Risk List, a biennial report that identifies federal agencies and programs most vulnerable to fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement. At the hearing, Peters focused on the need to ensure taxpayer dollars are being used effectively to address the long-term impacts of PFAS contamination and … Continue Reading


03.05.19

Peters Receives Additional Information from Air Force on PFAS Cleanup Surrounding Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) received a new letter from Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson on the agency's efforts to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) cleanup efforts at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Iosco County. In the letter, the Secretary reiterated the Air Force's commitment to working with the State of Michigan in remediation, and that - in response to Peters' request for a visit - Assistant Secretary Henderson will be visiting Oscoda on … Continue Reading


03.05.19

Peters Named Among Most Effective Senators in 115th Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) was named among the most effective lawmakers in the 115th Senate (2017-2018). According to the non-partisan Center for Effective Lawmaking, Peters was named the 4th-most effective Senator in the minority party in enacting and advancing legislation. "My top priority is working to get things done for Michigan families - regardless of which political party is in the White House or has the majority in the Senate," said Senator Peters. "Michiganders exp… Continue Reading


03.01.19

Peters, Stabenow Join Colleagues in Introducing Bipartisan PFAS Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that they have introduced bipartisan legislation with a bipartisan group of Senators that would mandate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declare per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances eligible for cleanup funds under the EPA Superfund law, and enable a requirement that polluters undertake or pay for remediation. The bill, the PFAS Action Plan of 2019, was introduced b… Continue Reading


02.28.19

VIDEO: Peters Speaks on Senate Vote in Opposition to Wheeler Nomination and Need to Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) spoke on the Senate floor today in opposition to the Senate confirmation of Andrew Wheeler as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Below is video of his remarks and text as prepared for delivery: "I rise today to discuss why I voted in opposition to the confirmation of Andrew Wheeler for the position of Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. "Clean air and clean water are not only vital to our public health -… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Peters Questions Administration on Taxpayer-Funded Travel during Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is seeking information from the White House and eleven federal agencies on taxpayer-funded official travel by senior federal officials and other agency employees that occurred during the nation's longest government shutdown earlier this year. "As public officials, it is critical that we act as responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars, particularly when government em… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Peters, Rubio Reintroduce Legislation to Improve Burial Services for Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today announced that they are reintroducing bipartisan legislation to improve burial services for our nation's veterans by increasing funeral benefits offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Burial Rights for America's Veterans' Efforts (BRAVE) Act would update the current funeral and burial benefit system to treat all non-service connected deaths equally, regardless of where the veteran passes away. Ve… Continue Reading


02.27.19

Michiganders Share Concerns with Peters About EPA’s Inaction on PFAS, Blast Agency’s Action ‘Plan’

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) is continuing to hear from Michiganders impacted by Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure following the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s plan unveiled recently. The plan does not establish enforceable drinking water standards or guide clean-up efforts. "I've consistently heard from Michiganders about the need for EPA to establish an enforceable standard and share their concerns that the EPA's new 'plan' only kicks the can do… Continue Reading


02.26.19

Peters, Burr Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill Targeting Unfair Trade Practices From Foreign Competitors

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and Richard Burr (R-NC) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to help small and medium-sized businesses that are negatively impacted by unfair trade practices from foreign competitors. Currently, many agricultural producers, manufacturers and parts suppliers lack the resources needed to identify unfair practices and bring them to the attention of the U.S. Department of Co… Continue Reading


02.25.19

After Pushing for New Great Lakes Icebreaker Support, Peters Welcomes Funding

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) welcomed the appropriation of $5 million for the research and design of a new Great Lakes icebreaker as part of the federal funding bill the President recently signed into law. Peters pushed for and helped secure the funding, which will solidify the Coast Guard's capability to carry out icebreaking assignments on the Great Lakes during winters with severe ice coverage. "It is critical that members of the Coast Guard have access to the resources the… Continue Reading


02.21.19

Peters Applauds Additional Funding for Census

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today applauded the inclusion of $3.8 billion for the U.S. Census Bureau in the government funding bill that Congress passed last week. The bipartisan legislation included an additional $1 billion more than last year's funding to ensure greater accuracy of census data for communities in Michigan and across the country as the Census Bureau prepares to conduct the 2020… Continue Reading


02.20.19

Senate Advances Peters & Colleagues’ Bipartisan Bill to Stop Wasteful Government Payments

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee recently unanimously approved a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and his colleagues to cut down on millions of dollars in wasteful government spending and improper payments. Peters, who serves as the Ranking Member of the committee, has made good stewardship of taxpayer dollars a top priority in the U.S. Senate. He joined with U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Mike B… Continue Reading


02.17.19

Peters Tours Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today toured the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge, where he saw bridge operations firsthand and heard from border security officials on the challenges facing our Northern Border. "Michigan is home to some of the busiest international trade crossings in the country," said Senator Peters. "As Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, one of … Continue Reading


02.15.19

Peters, Stabenow Announce Senate Passage of Resolution Honoring John D. Dingell

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced Senate passage of a resolution honoring the life and legacy of former Congressman John D. Dingell. The bipartisan resolution, which was co-sponsored by 17 other Senators, passed the Senate unanimously. "I was proud to join Senator Stabenow in leading this effort to honor the life and legacy of Chairman Dingell," said Senator Peters. "Chairman Dingell was my mentor and my friend, and his service to Mic… Continue Reading


02.14.19

Peters, Cornyn Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Opportunity for Disabled Veterans in Infrastructure Contracts

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and John Cornyn (R-TX) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to increase the number of infrastructure projects awarded to small businesses owned by veterans with a service-connected disability. The Disabled-Veterans Rebuilding Infrastructure to Vitalize our Economy (DRIVE) Act creates a goal that 5% of the funding allocated in the most recent highway bill be granted to Service-connected Disabl… Continue Reading

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